iMeet tricks for webinars

Top 3 iMeet Tricks to Make Your Webinar Run Smoothly

GetBullish is an organization that provides business and career advice to take-charge women, and holds an annual conference. We’ve been running our webinar program with iMeet for the past year.

Women register in our shop for trainings and discussions about career design, networking and pitching, entrepreneurship, negotiating and more. And then the magic begins…

Here’s how we use iMeet for webinars.

On-boarding new attendees

A lot of people use iMeet for meetings with others in their own company, in which case everyone is probably pretty familiar with the platform.

But if you’re doing a webinar on iMeet, you may be trying to wrangle a lot of new users into your meeting room.

For that reason, we like to reach out as soon as anyone registers for a webinar. As soon as someone registers, she’s sent to a page where she can download a PDF with webinar instructions. Fortunately, the instructions are short! The document contains:

  • The meeting link, of course
  • A link to download the desktop app (in case of any issues with the Web version of iMeet on a new user’s computer)
  • A list of call-in access numbers

An hour or so before the webinar, we resend the meeting room link. We want to emphasize that no monumental efforts are required to get into the meeting – just click the link and we’ll be discussing “Start Your Side Hustle” or “Succeeding Despite Sexism” within minutes.

Mute Other Users

This is a simple one – in the bottom righthand corner, select “Mute Others.”

If a webinar consists primarily of one person talking, you want other participants muted so you don’t hear their computer noises, or even some “hot mic” moments where people don’t even realize we can hear them.

Just because I’ve muted the attendees’ microphones doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear from them! The chat feature makes it easy for attendees to communicate with each other and with me without derailing the webinar. And they can put links directly in the chat window, so everyone can access the site or article we’ve been talking about.

Record Locally

Many of my attendees live in different time zones, so we record the webinars and provide them as password-protected Vimeo videos to registrants so they can access the recordings when it’s convenient for them. I can provide my services in more places, and they don’t have to drag themselves to the computer at 3am (although some people in, say, New Zealand do exactly that).

For safekeeping, I actually record my webinar twice – once on iMeet’s server, using iMeet’s “record” feature, and once locally on my computer, using Camtasia, which records audio at high-quality directly from my mic. Usually, my local recording is the one that goes online, but iMeet’s record feature serves as a backup for me, just in case.

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